Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Cotton County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Cotton County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oklahoma
Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Founded August 27, 1912
County Seat Walters
Cotton County Courthouse , Oklahoma.jpg
Address Cotton County Courthouse
301 N. Broadway Street
Walters, Oklahoma 73572-1271
Phone: 580.875-3026

Cotton County, Oklahoma genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


County Information

Cotton County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1917 1912 1920 1912 1912

County Courthouse

Cotton County Courthouse
301 N Broadway Street
Walters, OK 73572-1271
Phone: 580.875-3026

County Clerk has birth records 1912-1945,
divorce and land records, surveys and school census records;
Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, proabte and court records[1]


Parent County

1912--Cotton County was created 27 August 1912 from Comanche County.  County seat: Walters [2]


Cotton County was founded 1912. The Government County Seat is Walters. The county was named for the county's primary crop.[3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Populated Places [4]

  • Ahpeatone
  • Cookietown
  • Devol
  • Emerson Center
  • Fivemile Corner
  • Hooper
  • Hulen
  • Randlett
  • Taylor
  • Temple
  • Walters (county seat)

Neighboring Counties


American Indians


Land and Property


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
OKGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Oklahoma Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Oklahoma Cemeteries for more information.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 16,679
1930 15,442 −7.4%
1940 12,884 −16.6%
1950 10,180 −21.0%
1960 8,031 −21.1%
1970 6,832 −14.9%
1980 7,338 7.4%
1990 6,651 −9.4%
2000 6,614 −0.6%
2010 6,193 −6.4%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy census records online, see: Oklahoma Census.

State Census Records
Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Oklahoma starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Oklahoma Census.


Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Oklahoma denominations, view the Oklahoma Church Records Wiki page.



Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Oklahoma Land and Property for additional information about early Oklahoma land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Online Land Records

For more information see Oklahoma Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy. County and town histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Oklahoma Local Histories.




Revolutionary War
Civil War


Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • ($) has historical newspapers online including Lawton newspapers that may have included Cotton County residents. This database is free at some libraries.


In most counties in Oklahoma, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Oklahoma - Cotton - Probate records.

Online Records

School Records


Oklahoma tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records


Online Birth Records Indexes and Images


Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images


Online Death Records Indexes and Images


Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries

Cotton County Genealogy Society
202 N. Broadway
Walters, Oklahoma 73572

Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society
PO Box 148
Lawton, OK 73502

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cotton County, Oklahoma. Page 558 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3.,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Cotton County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.